1970s Barris Electric Elton John Runabout
Lot 101
1970s Barris Electric Elton John Runabout
Sold for €3,450 (US$ 4,582) inc. premium
Lot Details
1970s Barris Electric Elton John Runabout
George Barris, créateur de fantastiques « custom cars », se spécialisa dans les automobiles de cinéma et de séries de télévision. Dans les années 1970, il construisit ce runabout pour le chanteur Elton John désireux de corser ses spectaculaires entrées en scène. Ce véhicule fut conçu à partir d’une voiturette électrique de golf et habillé avec un nœud papillon géant, un siège en forme de piano à queue et des « pare-brise » rappelant les lunettes en forme d’étoile. Il fut vendu en 1983 lors d’une vente aux enchères de liquidation chez Barris avant d’être exhibé à Cannes dans l’exposition « Cars of the Stars ».

Acheté par l’actuel propriétaire il y a environ trois ans, le véhicule se présente en état médiocre et réclame une restauration complète. Objet emblématique d’Americana lié aux célébrités, il ne fait aucun doute qu’il attirera les amateurs de souvenirs d’Elton John.

Sans prix de réserve.

George Barris is rightfully known as the “King of the Kustomizers.” With his brother Sam, he began modifying cars in their native Chicago before World War II. After the war, they set up shop in Los Angeles, building “kustom kars” for private customers. By 1950, their fame had spread, and the movie industry came calling. Their first movie car was built for that year’s film “High School Confidential.” By the 1960s, Sam had left and the firm, eventually called Barris Kustom Industries, was doing work for television. Among the well-known Barris vehicles are the Munster Coach, the Oldsmobile truck used in the “Beverly Hillbillies,” the “General Lee” Dodge Charger from “The Dukes of Hazzard,” the Ford Torino of “Starsky and Hutch,” and vehicles for “Knight Rider,” “Power Rangers” and “Banacek.”

Some time in the 1970s, George Barris built this runabout for singer Elton John. Intended for elegant stage entrances, it was constructed on an electric golf cart chassis, and dressed up with a giant bow tie, a seat stylized like a grand piano, and star-shaped spectacle “windshields.” It was sold in 1983 at Barris’s dispersal auction and subsequently displayed in a Cars of the Stars exhibition in Cannes. Purchased by the current owner about three years ago, it is presently in poor condition and in need of a thorough reconditioning and restoration. A significant piece of celebrity Americana, it is sure to appeal to collectors of Elton John memorabilia.

Offered without reserve
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